Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Industrial Display Shelves

Hello! My name is Lindi. I normally blog at Love Create Celebrate, but I couldn’t be happier to contribute some great ideas at Pretty Handy Girl! I love the look and style of industrial home decor. On my blog, Love Create Celebrate, I recently started an industrial guest bedroom renovation, and I’m taking you through the entire process. These Industrial Display Shelves are the perfect addition to the decor in the room, and I’m thrilled to share this tutorial with you today.

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

  • 1″ x 6″ x 2′ board
  • 6 – 1/2″ black steel flanges
  • 6 – 1/2″ (diameter) x 2″ (length) black steel pipes
  • 3 – 1/2″ black steel elbows
  • 12 – #10 1 1/2″ wood screws (flange to wall connection)
  • 12 – #10 1/2″ wood screws (flange to shelf connection)
  • Wood Stain
  • Varnish (gloss)
  • Acetone
  • Clear coat

Tools:

  • Chop saw (or circular saw)
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Planer (optional)

Instructions:

To begin, use the table saw or circular saw to cut the width of the board to 5″ for your shelves (you need a total of 21″ in length). If you are using rough wood, you may want to run the wood through the planer to make it flat and smooth. (If you bought wood that was straight, you don’t need to worry about this step.)

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Grab your 1×6″ board and cut the board to 7″ inches in length.

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Use either a miter saw (chop saw) or a circular saw for this cut.

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Next, pick up your sander and sand down all sides of your wood. Stain the wood with any color stain you chose. 

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Let the stain dry for 24 hours, and then apply a coat of varnish to protect your wood.

Assembling the shelves:

Gather your black steel pipe pieces for the arms of the shelves.

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Assemble the pieces in this order: flange – pipe – elbow – pipe – flange.

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Twist your connections until they are tight. You can temporarily screw one flange of the arm down to tighten the pipes easier.

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Once everything is assembled, put on work gloves and rub down your plumbing parts with Acetone and a paper towel or shop towel. This will remove any grease. When clean and dry, spray your display shelf arms with clear matte spray paint to seal it and protect it.

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Find the exact center of your board by drawing a diagonal line from opposing corners. Then measure the diameter of your flange and measure half of that distance out from the center on each side. This will give you the area to screw your flange into (to keep the shelf level.)

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Place your assembled arm against the wall, and place your wood shelf on top, making sure that your flange rests within the zone you just measured. When you are happy with the placement, draw through the holes of the flange to mark the screw locations.

Industrial Display Shelves

Take the display shelf off of the wall and screw the board in place with the 1/2″ wood screws. Level and hang the shelf on the wall.

Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

Add your plants or home decor and enjoy!

These display shelves have an industrial feel to them, but they could go in any room in the home. I love their versatility and can’t wait to put them up in our Industrial Guest Bedroom!
Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl
Industrial Display Shelves I Pretty Handy Girl

If you love the look of industrial furniture, come find out how you can turn any table into an industrial table with this Industrial Side Table tutorial.

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3 replies
  1. Mary Barber
    Mary Barber says:

    I love this look but it is certainly not a budget project since the flanges alone are around $7-8.00 each and 8 are needed! At least that is what I priced them at our local Home Depot. I’m all about budget……

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